February 21 Holiday

February 21, 2011 by USA Post 

February 21 Holiday, Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, first president of the United States. It is also known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of the competing national holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.

Title anniversary of Washington, a federal holiday honoring George Washington was implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 to government offices in the District of Columbia (20 Stat. 277) and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices (23 Stat. 516). As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated for the actual anniversary of Washington, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act shifted the federal holiday to the third Monday in February. This date is placed between 15 and 21 February, making it the name “Washington’s birthday” to some extent a misnomer, because it never lands on the anniversary of Washington real, February 22.

The first attempt to create a Presidents’ Day occurred in 1951 when the “President’s Day National Committee” was created by Harold Fischer Stonebridge Compton, California, who became its national executive director for the next two decades. The goal was not to honor any particular President, but to honor the office of the presidency. He first thought on March 4, the opening day of origin, must be regarded as Presidents Day. However, the bill recognizing the fourth time in March was blocked Senate Judiciary Committee (which had authority over national holidays). That the Committee felt that because of its proximity to Lincoln and Washington Birthdays, three days so close together would be too heavy. Meanwhile, however, the governors of most states individual proclamations declaring March 4 to Presidents’ Day in their respective jurisdictions.

A draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday would have renamed the festival of “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthday of Washington and Lincoln, which would explain why the chosen date falls between the two, but this proposal has no committee and the bill passed and promulgated June 28, 1968, has kept the name Washington’s Birthday.

February 21 is a celebration of our country and our environment in unique ways. Many schools and businesses will be closed in the region. Why, you ask? It is President’s Day! This holiday always falls on the third Monday in February.
It was created in honor of the anniversary of George Washington, who first came on February 22, 1732. Now, it also commemorates the birth of Abraham Lincoln, which took place February 12, 1809.
Learn more about the history of the party below, but first I want to take a little space to offer a touch of green to the federal holiday.
With the closure of local schools, why not take the time to discover and celebrate the world around you? Visit your local library or Internet searches, information on presidential history and the environment. Then check out the Morton Arboretum, take a walk around your neighborhood, take a walk or bike in a local forest preserves, go fishing, bird watching or try for the first time.
You can buy a book on sale to help identify our feathered friends. It should be relatively easy to find a sale because one aspect of President’s Day is that it is used as an excuse for the sale of three days, weekends, some of them were even expanded to include both Lincoln and Washington birthdays.

[Source: via online Encyclopedia and various soures]

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